It's been an interesting week for the Warriors. They were about to sign J.J. Hickson when the Blazers blocked the move by putting in a waiver claim. The wound up with Mickell Gladness instead, which surely isn't about to appease the fans who serenaded co-owner Joe Lacob with boos during Chris Mullin's jersey retirement ceremony. Earlier this week Bill Simmons of Grantland.com broke down the unfortunate personnel moves over the past few decades in an attempt to explain the fans' displeasure. Here's the latest on a couple of the team's most recent acquisitions:
- New Warriors forward Richard Jefferson has already begun to share his veteran wisdom with the team, writes Marcus Thompson II of the Bay Area News Group, but he didn't exactly sound psyched about getting traded away from the Spurs. "At some point, man, you just get too old to really get pissed off," he said. "I could get traded at the end of the summer or I could be here the next five years. I could go out and get hurt and my career could be over. So at the end of the day, whatever the opportunity is, if I'm still able to play on my terms, and step on the court, then I'm blessed and I'm happy. I'm not going to sit and cry and whine and complain."
- Andrew Bogut shot down speculation that he might return before the end of the season, saying he's "99% sure" his season is over, Thompson notes. Without a chance to see him on the floor, Thompson believes that means skepticism surrounding his acquisition will continue into the offseason (Twitter link).
- Bogut was a little caught off guard by the enthusiasm of Lacob, who burst into a sweat when discussing potential free agent signings when the two sat down for their first meeting following last week's trade, but the Australian center likes the direction his new team is headed, notes Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle.